Live from CES: Our favorite innovations for the smart connected home

It’s that time again!  The Consumer Electronics Show is happening right now in Las Vegas, bringing together innovators, entrepreneurs, and techies from across the globe to showcase the latest and greatest in consumer electronics.  This is the show that gives the industry and the world a sneak peek into some of the cool technology that’s up and coming — some of it destined to become ubiquitous, some of it good for some entertainment, but all of it on the leading edge. Zen Ecosystems has reps on the ground checking out the future of the smart devices space and keeping a…

7 Step Plan to Get Employees Focused on Energy Savings

IoT devices, lighting retrofits and energy management systems get a lot of the air time when it comes to how to slash energy bills. However, there’s a high likelihood that you can also cut energy immediately with no outlay of cash or equipment installation. In fact, one of your biggest…

Hidden savings from smart business thermostats

It’s relatively obvious that by putting your air conditioner on a restricted hours schedule using a smart thermostat, you’re saving power and consequently cutting your electricity bill, and that by using your facility heating unit less, your heating fuel bill will be reduced.  However, integrating smart thermostats to conserve energy…

Get inspired: IoT for the home that you’ll be seeing in businesses soon

When it comes to using IoT devices to drive building and energy efficiency, homeowners are well ahead of the curve while business lag well behind.  Where residential consumers have hopped on IoT technology to simplify their lives and reduce their overall energy bills, business customers just haven’t quite grasped the…

5 Signs that your HVAC System requires maintenance

You probably already know that usage of your HVAC system is one of the largest contributors to your energy bills.  But, did you know that properly maintaining your HVAC system can dramatically affect the efficiency of your system, and as such how much energy it takes to operate it?  Failing…

The end of thermostat lock boxes?

Since the dawn of air conditioning itself, there has been a struggle over who gets to set the thermostat.  Facilities managers would like the cooling system to come on just enough to kick the dust off the unit and ensure that it’s maintenance-free for the year.   But for someone sitting…

Energy saving hack: Cut electricity demand charges

What are demand charges? Many utilities offer a rate plan that charges business in their service area ‘demand’ charges.  Demand charges are intended to encourage you to spread out your electricity usage over time to prevent overall peaks in grid electricity demand.  Demand charges are calculated during the period of…